Asians in Media:
Leadership in the New Media Age
Thursday, June 30, 2016 @ 6:45 – 9:45pm
LMHQ – Event Space
20th Floor, 150 Broadway
New York, NY 10038
National Association of Asian American Professionals, New York (NAAAP-NY) is pleased to bring to you our next Talk Thursday event.
Talk Thursday is professional development series that connect industry experts in a fireside chat to share experiences, advice and best practices. After the panel discussion, attendees will have an opportunity to network with panelists in an intimate setting.
Join us for a special edition of Talk Thursday – Asians in Media: Leadership in a New Media Age where we bring together top Asian American actors, directors, producers and writers to discuss their experiences in mainstream media. NAAAPNY is also partnering with the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) to bring additional focus to the promotion of Asian Americans in media. Please do comesupport our fellow Asian Americans in this very important and interesting Talk Thursday event! There is limited seating at this venue and we expect this event sell out so please get your tickets soon. You would not want to miss this.
Wine, soft beverages and light fare will be served.
Early Bird Price – Ending June 20 @ 11:59 PM
Members: $5
Non-Members: $10
Regular Price
Members $10
Non-Members $15
VIP Price: $20
VIPs will be seated in the front row, have priority to ask questions
during the Q&A session and much more!
Judy Lei, born and raised in Chinatown and Brooklyn, is an actor and writer based in NYC. Currently, she serves as the Festival Director for the Asian American International Film Festival, for which she was involved in many capacities for the past nine years. Formerly, she was the Congressional Caseworker serving bilingual constituents for Nydia Velazquez in the Lower East Side Office. She also has a plethora of experience with various Asian American organizations such as the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Kollaboration New York, and the East Coast Asian American Student Union. She graduated from Smith College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies with High Honors. She studied acting at the Barrow Group Theatre with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock and Improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC. Her solo show, THE WORLD’S GREATEST – directed by MC Jin, will premiere at The TBG Studio Theatre fromAugust 19-22, 2016 in NYC.
Vincent Lin, an award-winning director and producer in New York City. Vincent won Best Director at the 2012 NBC Short Cuts Festival. He is the recipient of the $60,000 Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, a finalist for the 2013 NBC Universal Directing Fellowship and a 2005 NYU Film/TV graduate recognized with both the Founder’s Day and the New Amsterdam Scholarship Awards. As a producer, Vincent has worked on broadcast commercials and digital content for Samuel Adams, Labatt Blue, White Castle, Bank of America, New York Sports Clubs, Chiquita, and from 2011-2013, oversaw the integrated campaign for Midori Liqueur with celebrity talent Kim Kardashian and Candice Accola. Additional clients include Resource/Ammirati, BBDO, Digitas, ESPN, Lowe’s, Powerade, Applebee’s, Vitamin Water,Visa, Ebay, and The Vilcek Foundation. Along with Matthew D’Amato, Vincent founded VALIANT PICTURES in 2010.
Nadine Truong, a German-born Vietnamese filmmaker, worked in talent representation and at various production companies prior to earning her MFA degree in Directing in 2009 from the American Film Institute. Nadine received her BA degree in Anthropology from UCLA in 2003 and resides in Los Angeles, where she also works as a Yoga Teacher. Her directorial short film credits include Chopsticks, In The Dark and Initiation. In 2006 she became a proud fellow with Los Angeles Asian American Pacific Film Festival’s ‘Armed With A Camera Fellowship, which funded her short film The Muse. Additionally, she received the San Diego International Asian Film Festival’s prestigious George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award in 2010. The proud recipient of the Mary Pickford Scholarship for Excellence in Directing, Nadine was one of three female directors in AFI’s competitive program, and the only fellow to write and direct two award-winning thesis films: The coming-of-age dramedy Eggbaby and Shadow Man, a Vietnam War drama. Nadine premiered her first feature film called Someone I Used to Know in 2013. Her second feature film Senior Project, a teen comedy was released in Spring 2015
Danni Wang, an actress, model who was born in Shenyang and grew up in New York City. She was crowned the 1st runner up of Miss Chinese pageant in 2011 where she discovered her love for performing. Soon after, she attended the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and Stella Adler Studio of Acting for Acting On Film. She has appeared on TV shows: CBS’s Madame Secretary and NBC’s The Blacklist. Her film credits include: Wong Fu’s The One (2014), Always (2015), A Different Sun (2016) and Class Rank (2016). She is managed by Clear Talent Group.

Brian Yang, is an actor and producer, best known for his role as “Charlie Fong” on the CBS primetime drama series, Hawaii Five-0. Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in the Bay Area, Brian began his acting career after he attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied biology and dramatic arts. He works both in front of and behind the camera on projects in the US and throughout Asia. In 2009, he was the host of Shanghai Rush, China’s most extensive reality show to date then and currently he does hosting and production work with several companies that have an interest in professional basketball in the Chinese market (NBA China, Alibaba, Muho TV, ESPN.). His production company, 408 Films, has produced feature films in both the US and Asia including the Jeremy Lin documentary, LINSANITY directed by Evan Jackson Leong. He is currently producing a feature biopic about the former NBA player Stephon Marbury and his life in Beijing called MY OTHER HOME.

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